Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

31-year-old American Edward Snowden, a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is the whistleblower behind significant revelations that surfaced in June 2013 about the US government's top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes. Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in May 2013, and supplied confidential US government documents to media outlets including the Guardian

Former United States vice-president Al Gore says Snowden performed an important service

Al Gore expressed strong views

Edward Snowden secured his highest endorsement yet in the US when former vice-president Al Gore described the leaking of top secret intelligence documents as "an important service".

Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 8:57am

A year after Snowden, still no new law to curb NSA's bulk surveillance

A hearing focused on "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Reforms" was held before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP

One year ago this week, the first in a series of leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the US government was collecting the domestic phone records of American citizens in bulk.

7 Jun 2014 - 9:43am 1 comment

Oliver Stone to direct film about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden

Oliver Stone (left) and Edward Snowden. Photos: AP, AFP

He has tackled the Kennedy assassination and the Watergate break-in, the Vietnam conflict and the Bush administration's "war on terror".

Now Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone is set to whip up fresh controversy with his adaptation of The Snowden Files, an account of the National Security Agency scandal written by Luke Harding, a journalist with The Guardian.

3 Jun 2014 - 9:28pm 1 comment

Brazil denies NSA fugitive Edward Snowden has applied for asylum

Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo (left) and Edward Snowden. Photos: Reuters, AFP

Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo says application would be considered as Oliver Stone is set to direct film about fugitive US intelligence contractor.

3 Jun 2014 - 9:19pm

Edward Snowden and NSA locked in war of words over 'whistle-blower' e-mail

Edward Snowden and NSA locked in war of words over 'whistle-blower' e-mail

Former security contractor hits back after NSA release of messages it says proves he is not a whistle-blower.

30 May 2014 - 4:40pm 2 comments

‘I’m not working for Russia’: Edward Snowden denies sharing secrets with Kremlin

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was interviewed by US television in Moscow. Photo: Reuters

Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told a US television interviewer on Wednesday he was not under the control of Russia’s government and had given Moscow no intelligence documents after nearly a year of asylum there.

29 May 2014 - 5:36pm 8 comments

Edward Snowden says he worked as a spy for the US ‘at all levels’

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams with former defence contractor Edward Snowden during the interview in Moscow. Photo: Reuters

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said in a US TV interview he “was trained as a spy” and had worked undercover overseas for US government agencies.

29 May 2014 - 4:25pm 14 comments

Pentagon report calls Snowden leak ‘staggering’ but lacks specifics

Demonstrators supported Snowden in Berlin. Photo: AFP

A top-secret Pentagon report to assess the damage to national security from the leak of classified National Security Agency documents by Edward Snowden concluded that "the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering".

23 May 2014 - 10:34pm

WikiLeaks names Afghanistan as second country where NSA records all mobile phone calls

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo: Bloomberg

WikiLeaks has announced that Afghanistan is the second country to have been targeted by the NSA's massive cellphone data spying programme, defying warnings that the revelation would endanger lives.

24 May 2014 - 2:12am 1 comment

WikiLeaks postpones revelation of second country where NSA is recording all phone calls

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared by video link from the Ecuadoran embassy, as he did above for a festival in the US. Photo: Bloomberg

WikiLeaks has decided to postpone announcing which country is having virtually all of its mobile phone calls recorded by the National Security Agency, it announced today.

23 May 2014 - 12:46pm

United States is a hypocrite on cyberespionage

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know that US cyberspies have penetrated Huawei's computer systems to glean data and communication from its executives.

For years, Washington has sabotaged Huawei's plans to expand its business footprint in America.

23 May 2014 - 3:15am 12 comments

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden becomes a comic-book hero

Beyond: Edward Snowden was created by Marvel Comics' writer Valerie D'Orazio.

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden is appearing on the pages of a comic book in a new graphic biography promising to reveal "the man behind the headlines".

21 May 2014 - 10:35pm

WikiLeaks vows to reveal second country where NSA is recording all mobile phone calls

WikiLeaks vows to reveal second country where NSA is recording all mobile phone calls

WikiLeaks has pledged to reveal the name of a second country that is having virtually all of its mobile phone calls recorded by the US National Security Agency, despite a warning that leaking the information could 'lead to deaths'.

20 May 2014 - 6:53pm 13 comments

Glenn Greenwald on Hong Kong's key role in Snowden's NSA document leak

Hong Kong's role in shaping Snowden reaction 'pivotal'

Hong Kong's "brazen" defiance in the face of US attempts to extradite fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden was pivotal in shaping the global reaction to one of the biggest government leaks in modern American history, said a journalist instrumental in breaking the story.

18 May 2014 - 10:23am 40 comments

James Bond producers to make Edward Snowden movie

Glenn Greenwald speaks in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP

The producers of the James Bond franchise will make a movie about US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, after Sony Pictures acquired the rights to the new book by journalist Glenn Greenwald.

15 May 2014 - 10:35pm 2 comments